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Best Hotels in California

We've ranked the top hotels in California based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 300 luxury hotels, 38 scored high enough to make the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.

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Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, The Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

When you can simply borrow a Mercedes-Benz for an afternoon drive through wine country at no extra cost, you know you're ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 4.5-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

Visitors are most impressed with the Bardessono's environmental stewardship, daring architecture and exceptional service. This LEED Platinum Certified hotel in Yountville ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

If you like hiking, golfing, swimming and sunning, you might be interested in booking a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

A favorite among professional and leisure travelers alike, this luxury hotel has an inside edge on other hotels by truly coddling its ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

Situated in the quiet town of Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil beautifully showcases the area's stunning ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Good
  • Guest Rating

The smallest and most intimate of the Pebble Beach Resorts, Casa Palmero is an exquisite, 24-room property along the first and second ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 5.0-star
  • Critic Rating Excellent
  • Guest Rating

This hotel looks like it belongs somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea, with classic archways, soaring columns, trickling fountains and polished walkways. But ... continue »

Named one of the U.S. News
Best Hotels in the USA for 2015

  • Hotel Class 4.5-star
  • Critic Rating Good
  • Guest Rating

Recent visitors say that CordeValle — located just 30 miles southeast of downtown San Jose, California — serves as an indulgent retreat from Silicon ... continue »

*Any unranked hotels have been sorted by hotel class and then alphabetically. More information can be found on our methodology page.